Day 230 Mile 230: Conwy Rivers Project 6/10 Staying Downstream of the Goblins

river moss rocks waterfall walesDay 230 Mile 230: Conwy Rivers Project 6/10 Staying Downstream of the Goblins. The Afon Dulyn (the Black River) is a small river cutting its way down off the mountains from Llyn Dulyn, yes you’ve guessed it, the Black Lake. It makes its way down the west side of the Conwy Valley gouging a deep cleft through the Cambrian strata that marks out the far boundary of the Carneddau range and thus tells of a very old history.

Today’s run starts in the village of Tal-Y-Bont just above where the Dulyn meets the Conwy river and follws the Dulyn gorge up from its starting point behind the Bedol Pub and up into the hills. Y Bedol is Welsh for “The Horseshoe”. The next building to the north was a smithy and farriers and presumably somewhere back in the mists of time hence how the inn earned its name.

river moss rocks waterfall walesThe run up the gorge feels close, and the river feels dark under the trees and particularly ancient rocks and woodland. The path is narrow and at times precarious and it is easy to see how people became so suspicious of the lake that feeds this water-course.

Llyn Dulyn (the Black Lake), which is overlooked by tall cliffs, is said to have a dark reputation. In the past it was said to be visited regularly by the ‘Tylwyth Teg, goblins and rain-makers’. Other stories involve disfigured fish living in this lake, which apparently have bulbous eyes and deformed bodies. The lake covers an area of only 33 acres yet is extremely deep reaching to a depth of 189 feet, so the oddly shaped fish may well have some basis in crepuscular evolution more than superstition. In 1942 a plane crashed into the foreboding rocks to the west of the water, and pieces of it eventually wound up in the lake, where they are to this day. This cemented it as a place of ill fortune in many people’s minds. So I’ll stay down by the river rather than going up to the lake today… just in case!

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Distance: 1965.2 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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For today’s earworm my mind was too full of endorphins from running up hill and talk of the weird so this wonderful chestnut sneaked its way in 🙂  


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